Search continues for missing woman in Bogue Chitto river

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 6:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

ISABEL- The Bogue Chitto River remained popular Tuesday, despite a Coast Guard helicopter flying above and search boats floating nearby, on the lookout for 22-year-old Melanie Borja.

"You never hear anything like that around here. Well I haven’t, but then we come here and hear it and it's like, 'wow'," said tuber Brooke Nobles.

It's the third day authorities have searched for the Mississippi woman after she went missing during a tubing trip at Wayne's World, off of Highway 16 in Washington Parish.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley said, “The challenges we're facing is we don't know where she went under, if she did, we don't have an exact area pinpointed."

Friends, who were with Borja on the trip Sunday, were seen driving toward the command post to assist in the search. None would talk to Eyewitness News about the situation or Borja. The Slidell Police Dive Team has also offered help, but no results have surfaced. People who are familiar with the river say they wouldn't describe it as dangerous but do admit it has challenges.

“The river has a pretty good current to it even though it's low right now," said Haley. "There is some significant undertow in the river, there's some shallow parts in the river and some deep holes in the river."

"No, I wouldn't say it's dangerous," said Nobles. "We came here years ago, my parents would bring us and we liked it so much that's why we decided to come back again."

But with this search ongoing, many are re-thinking their safety plans for any body of water.

Authorities advise anyone participating in water-related activities to wear a life-jacket when doing so. If you have an information about Borja's whereabouts, call the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-839-3434.

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